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  Alignment procedure for the Gregorian telescope of the Metis coronagraph for the Solar Orbiter ESA mission

Deppo, V. D., Mottini, S., Naletto, G., Frassetto, F., Zuppella, P., Sertsu, M. G., et al. (2019). Alignment procedure for the Gregorian telescope of the Metis coronagraph for the Solar Orbiter ESA mission. In ICSO 2018 - International Conference on Space Optics.

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Deppo, Vania Da, Author
Mottini, Sergio, Author
Naletto, Giampiero, Author
Frassetto, Fabio, Author
Zuppella, Paola, Author
Sertsu, Mewael G., Author
Romoli, Marco, Author
Fineschi, Silvano, Author
Antonucci, Ester, Author
Nicolini, Gianalfredo, Author
Nicolosi, Piergiorgio, Author
Spadaro, Daniele, Author
Andretta, Vincenzo, Author
Castronuovo, Marco, Author
Casti, Marta, Author
Capobianco, Gerardo, Author
Massone, Giuseppe, Author
Susino, Roberto, Author
Landini, Federico, Author
Pancrazzi, Maurizio, Author
Casini, Chiara, AuthorTeriaca, Luca1, Author              Uslenghi, Michela, Author more..
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1Department Sun and Heliosphere, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1832289              

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 Abstract: Metis is a solar coronagraph mounted on-board the Solar Orbiter ESA spacecraft. Solar Orbiter is scheduled for launch in February 2020 and it is dedicated to study the solar and heliospheric physics from a privileged close and inclined orbit around the Sun. Perihelion passages with a minimum distance of 0.28 AU are foreseen. Metis features two channels to image the solar corona in two different spectral bands: in the HI Lyman ∝ at 121.6 nm, and in the polarized visible light band (580 – 640 nm). Metis is a solar coronagraph adopting an “inverted occulted” configuration. The inverted external occulter (IEO) is a circular aperture followed by a spherical mirror which back rejects the disk light. The reflected disk light exits the instrument through the IEO aperture itself, while the passing coronal light is collected by the Metis telescope. Common to both channels, the Gregorian on-axis telescope is centrally occulted and both the primary and the secondary mirror have annular shape. Classic alignment methods adopted for on-axis telescope cannot be used, since the on-axis field is not available. A novel and ad hoc alignment set-up has been developed for the telescope alignment. An auxiliary visible optical ground support equipment source has been conceived for the telescope alignment. It is made up by four collimated beams inclined and dimensioned to illuminate different sections of the annular primary mirror without being vignetted by other optical or mechanical elements of the instrument.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: ICSO 2018 - International Conference on Space Optics
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